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fresh opposition to that ban from the nra and even harry reid has said that he questions whether it could pass congress. given that, how hard will you push for an assault weapons ban, and if one cannot pass congress, what other measures would need to be included in a broad package in order to curb gun violence successfully? >> all right. well as i said, the vice president and a number of members of my cabinet went through a very thorough process over the last month, meeting with a lot of stake holders in this. including the nra. listened to proposals. from all quarters. and they've presented me now with a list of sensible commonsense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw in newtown doesn't happen again. i'm going to be meeting with the vice president today. i expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week. to give people some specifics about what i think we need to do. my starting point is not to worry about the politics. my starting point is to focus on what makes sense. what works. what should we be doing to make sure that our children a
. that will include representatives from the nra. and at 6:00 this evening, the vice president is going to be meeting with representatives from the entertainment industry as well to talk about violence in the culture. we also just recently got a list here of some of the firms that will be in that meeting with walmart. a lot of gun retailers also taking part in that meeting. and let me read you some of the names of those firms that will be participating in that meeting including cabela's, which is a sporting goods store, academy sports, bass pro shops, big five sporting goods, dick's sporting goods, dunn sports, gander mountain, sport man's warehouse and walmart all taking part in that meeting with the attorney general eric holder this afternoon. so a lot going on. a lot of moving parts. not clear what will emerge from this except for the fact that the vice president said yesterday that there could be some executive orders as part of this as well as legislation up on capitol hill. >> and i'm trying to work out what this means for the walmart business. on the one hand i read that over the last two year
got very personal with the nra yesterday releasing a television ad that accuses the president of being an elitist hypocrite for having children who are protected by armed secret service when he opposes armed guards in schools across the country. that drew a very tough response from the white house today. >> as you speak, the president is coming to the podium. introduced here by the vice president. >> before i begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart -- our heart goes out to you. and you show incredible courage, incredible courage being here. the president and i are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today. it's been 33 days since the nation's heart was broken by the horrific, senseless violence that took place at sandy hook elementary school. 20, 20 beautiful first graders gunned down in a place that's supposed to be a second sanctuary. six, six members of the staff killed. trying to save those children. it's literally been hard for the nation to c
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